World Biden's border crisis – preventable, predictable and deadly
Canada-US auto tensions cloud 'Tres Amigos' summit
They call it the "Tres amigos" summit, but when President Joe Biden and the leaders of Canada and Mexico meet Thursday in the White House, trade and immigration tensions will dampen the friendly vibe. One growing regional problem where the White House is looking for cooperation is resolving crippling hiccups in the supply chain, a senior Biden administration official said. To the south, Mexico is under pressure to help resolve a politically explosive immigration mess on the US southern border.Where Trump turned the fight against illegal immigration into one of his most potent campaign messages, Biden has emphasized the need for a humane policy.
keep surging north from deep in Mexico. The latest to head for America: a group of some 3,000, mostly Haitians. A week ago, they started making the 1,350-mile trek north from Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala. They left with permission from the Mexican government – none of the migrant caravans moves without approval from Mexico City.
Speaking on Fox News, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said thewas "inviting" would-be migrants, and further charged that the administration is not permitting the Border Patrol "to do their jobs … or protect the border. They’re not allowed to have the resources that they need."
Biden asked China to release oil reserves to ease prices, boost economic cooperation: report
President Biden appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping to release crude oil from its strategic reserves in a move that would aim to stabilize rising oil prices, the South China Morning Post reported. China is the world's largest net importer of oil. Biden and Xi held a virtual meeting earlier this week, during which they covered a range of topics including opportunities for economic cooperation between the two countries. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also touched on the subject two days before the presidential discussion.
Paxton also warned that theare gaining strength" and that, according to the Border Patrol, they earn an average of $8,000 for every person they smuggle across the border.
While consistently dodging questions on the ongoing border crisis, the Biden administration claims the crisis isn’t one, that "root causes" must be addressed – as if they’re prepared to root out deep-seated corruption from Mexico to the Northern Triangle nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. They add that they want an immigration system that’s "fair, orderly, and humane" – which is odd given they’ve made the system more unfair, disorderly, and dangerous.
Biden ignores reporters at summit with Canada and Mexico after Psaki touts availability
President Biden failed to take questions from reporters at the top of a trilateral summit meeting with the leaders of Mexico and Canada Thursday — shortly after White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed Biden regularly answered press queries. Earlier Thursday, it was unclear if Biden was aware that his staff had axed the traditional press conference with visiting world leaders. At a morning bill-signing event, Biden declined to answer a shouted question, assuring reporters, "I’ll be happy to answer your questions after I meet with all of the leaders." But reporters were stunned just before 6 p.m.
That the situation on the border has become a crisis is no surprise. As soon as he took office, President Joe Biden ordered an end to most of President Donald Trump’s border initiatives.
The border wall? Stopped in its tracks, with huge gaps left in the wall next to piles of rusting steel beams and fencing.
Immediate deportations? Paused. In its place, midnight charter jet flights out of military bases deep into the U.S. interior.
The Remain in Mexico program? Ended, in the face of court orders to keep it operational – but without pressure from Biden, the Mexican government has little incentive to cooperate.
The ban on travel from nations rife with terrorism? Lifted.
How bad is it?
The numbers don’t lie. Under Biden’s watch, apprehensions of illegal migrants along America’s southwest border soared to their highest ever, topping 1,659,206 for fiscal year 2021, breaking the previous record set in 2000, during the Clinton administration.
More than 150 migrants from several countries bypass incomplete border wall, cross illegally into US
More than 150 migrants, including Albanians and more than a dozen Romanians, illegally crossed the border into America on Saturday morning. According to Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin, who was on the scene as border patrol agents worked to gather the migrants that crossed, the group, which included multiple minors, entered a spot in La Joya, Texas, after making the journey across the Rio Grande. Melugin reported that the "main chunk" of migrants who entered illegally Saturday morning were from South America, but noted that migrants from an array of areas were also included in the group.
Biden exempted minors from the COVID-19 health expulsion order, previously applied to everyone due to the pandemic health emergency. This drew more than 144,000 foreign national minors – including people pretending to be under 18 – to illegally enter the country the past 12 months.
Now, the Border Patrol is so busy processing minors and family units into the country that the number of "got-aways" – unauthorized migrants spotted but not apprehended – ballooned to more than 400,000 during this fiscal year. National Border Patrol Council spokesman Chris Cabrera says even that estimate is an undercount, and that the real number of got-aways could be two or three times that amount.
When the Biden administration ended the Remain in Mexico policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, it facilitated mass abuse of the U.S. asylum system. People making a claim of asylum are supposed to make their claims in the first nation they come to as they flee oppression or genocide. Instead of making those claiming asylum wait in Mexico, the Biden administration is releasing them on their own recognizance into the U.S. and often granting them parole – permission to work and set down roots in America – prior to any legal hearing.
Kyle Rittenhouse and the scary future of the American right
The verdict exposed a disturbing point of agreement between violent militias and the GOP.Immediately after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, the fringe right’s online forums lit up with celebration — and among some, a belief that they too can kill without legal consequence. On Telegram, a secure messaging app popular with extremists, the leader of a neo-Nazi group wrote that the verdict gives “good Americans legal precedent and license to kill violent commies without worrying about doing life in prison if we defend ourselves in a riot.
And even more alarmingly, this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized enough fentanyl to kill two billion plus people, enough to kill the entire U.S. population seven times over. And all while drug overdose deaths hit a new high of 100,306 in the 12 months ending in April 2021, with most of those deaths, 75,673, being from opioids, mostly fentanyl.
The Mexican drug cartels get their fentanyl, or the ingredients to make it, from the People’s Republic of China. Put into perspective, three times more Americans die from drug overdoses than from traffic accidents and more than double that of gun deaths, 60% of which are suicides.
Sadly, the Biden border crisis was both preventable and predictable. A year ago, the Texas Public Policy Foundation assembled two dozen experts to participate in a border crisis simulation. Its key findings:
*Expectations of a Biden administration soft on illegal immigration will prime "a new wave of migrants to risk traveling to the border"
*"The Biden administration will be fatally slow to respond to the scale of the crisis as it unfolds"
*"It is an almost absolute certainty that drug overdose deaths in America will soar in 2021 and later years"
*"The end of travel restrictions on certain nations will increase the flow of individuals connected with terror groups into the U.S."
Given the Biden administration’s clear willingness to ignore both the law and court rulings, the border crisis will likely continue until Democrats realize the electoral pain may outweigh the expected gain.
In Biden-Putin talks, key question is Russia's intent in Ukraine .
When Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet virtually on Tuesday the two presidents will have to negotiate a history of mutual suspicion as they take up the urgent issue of a major Russian military buildup on the Ukraine border. What if the virtual meeting between the rival leaders goes poorly on Tuesday? If Russia fails to obtain the accommodations it seeks, and all efforts at diplomacy fail, said Conley, her sense is that "Mr. Putin would then use military means to achieve his political objective.